What is OHS?
OHS is defined as chronic daytime hypercapnia (PaCO2 of over 45 mmHg) in obese patients (those with a BMI of > 30kg/m2) after ruling out any other causes of hypoventilation.1
As a result of poor breathing, those with OHS suffer from excess carbon dioxide (hypoventilation) and insufficient oxygen in their blood (hypoxemia).
OHS symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) 2
- Morning headache2
As many as 90% of patients with OHS also suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
It’s important to recognise OHS in your patients and get them treated.
Recommended treatment options for OHS include controlled weight loss and noninvasive ventilation.
Adhering to therapy is critical for patients receiving noninvasive ventilation.
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